Pleurothallis ciliata Knowles ex Westc.1837 SUBGENUS Acianthera SECTION Brachystachyae Lindley 1859

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Common Name or Meaning The Ciliate Pleurothallis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and northern Brazil as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with an erect ramicaul enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic-lanceolate to oblong, emarginate apically, basally cuneate leaf that blooms in the winter on a nodding, usually solitary, racemose, to 4" [10 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence.

A species often cited as P lanceana but that name is a synonym and is no longer valid

Synonyms Acianthera ciliata (Knowles & Westc.) F.Barros & L.R.S.Guim. 2010; Acianthera lanceana (Lodd. ex Lindl.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Humboldtia ciliata (Knowles & Westc.) Kuntze 1891; Humboldtia crassifolia (H.Focke) Kuntze 1891; Humboldtia lanceana (Lodd. ex Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Humboldtia plumosa (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Humboldtia serrifera (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Humboldtia sprucei (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Pleurothallis ciliata var. elongata C.Schweinf. 1953; Pleurothallis crassifolia H.Focke 1849; Pleurothallis daguensis F.Lehm. & Kraenzl.1899; Pleurothallis huebneri Schltr. 1925; Pleurothallis lanceana Lodd. ex Lindl. 1859; Pleurothallis minax Rchb.f. 1854; Pleurothallis plumosa Lindl. 1842; Pleurothallis serrifera Lindl. 1859; Pleurothallis sprucei Lindl. 1859; Specklinia sprucei (Lindl.) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854 as P minax; Refugium Botanicum Reichenbach 1872 drawing ok; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as P plumosa; Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames & Correll 1952 as P plumosa; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Schweinfurth 1959; Native Orchids of Trinidad Schultes 1960; Orchidaceae Brasilensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 as P sprucei drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidiarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol III Luer 1986; Native Orchids of the Eastern Carribean Kenny 1988 photo fide; Icones Planetrarum Tropicarum Plate 1481 Mora & Atwood 1992 drawing fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vasquez & Ibisch Vol 1 2000; Icones Pleurothallidiarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as P lanceana drawing fide; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 as Acianthera ciliata photo fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Acianthera ciliata photo fide